New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick reacts at a news conference to wrap up the football team's NFL season, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, in Foxborough, Mass. The Denver Broncos beat the Patriots 20-18 in Sunday's AFC Championship in Denver. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Pro Roundup: Bruins, Celtics win; Patriots postmortem

Monday, January 25, 2016

Brett Connolly redirected Zdeno Chara’s shot from the point with 1:54 left, lifting the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night in Philadelphia. Connolly tipped the wobbly shot and one-hopped the puck past Michel Neuvirth for his seventh goal of the season. Brad Marchand scored a goal for the fifth straight game and Patrice … 0

Broncos deny Patriots’ Super Bowl return, 20-18

Sunday, January 24, 2016

DENVER — No, you’re not seeing things. That really was Peyton Manning lumbering his way down the field for a 12-yard gain and a first down Sunday. And thanks to his defense, that will be Manning — the 39-year-old quarterback who was supposed to be on his way to a retirement party — … 0

Pats, Broncos playing mind games before clash

Thursday, January 21, 2016

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Gronk pushes off. Brady whines. If it’s AFC championship week, somebody must be complaining about the New England Patriots. This time around, it’s the Denver Broncos, who have delivered a few hits through the media — both traditional and social — in a not-so-subtle attempt to get inside the heads … 0

Healthy Patriots’ offense brims with confidence

Thursday, January 21, 2016

FOXBOROUGH — For the New England Patriots offense, health has been a fleeting commodity this season. When the offensive line was healthy, the backfield hurt. Then the receiving corps took its turn on the training table late the … 0

Miller, Harris back for Brady baiting

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

DENVER — Backslaps for the backups. That’s all pass-rusher Von Miller and cornerback Chris Harris Jr. could provide the last time the New England Patriots played the Denver Broncos for the AFC championship. The backbone of Denver’s dominant … 0

Edelman ignites Pats back to title game

Sunday, January 17, 2016

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots returned to normal just in time to return to the AFC championship game for the fifth year in a row. With Julian Edelman back from a broken foot, the Patriots shrugged off … 0

Broncos capitalize past gritty Steelers, 23-16, await Patriots

Sunday, January 17, 2016

DENVER — Get ready for Brady-Manning XVII. Peyton Manning earned one more and possibly final game against his rival by leading the Denver Broncos to a come-from-behind 23-16 win over Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. … 0

Manning, Brady meet again for AFC crown

Sunday, January 17, 2016

DENVER — The last time Tom Brady and the New England Patriots came to Denver, Peyton Manning watched the game on television from inside the locker room. Not next Sunday, though. The Broncos quarterback will take in his … 0

Patriots-Chiefs a showcase for tight ends Gronkowski, Kelce

Thursday, January 14, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Travis Kelce has always been competitive, whether it was on the playground as a kid, the Cleveland Heights football field in high school, or inside Nippert Stadium at the University of Cincinnati. It didn’t … 0

Pats’ sack leader: ‘I made a mistake’

Thursday, January 14, 2016

FOXBOROUGH — Patriots defensive lineman Chandler Jones apologized to his teammates and the New England fans on Thursday for “a pretty stupid mistake” that sent him, shirtless and disoriented, to a local police station. Police who went to … 0

Pats won’t let Jones’ trip to hospital distract them

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

FOXBOROUGH — After a year of “Deflategate,” the New England Patriots aren’t about to let Chandler Jones’ still-unexplained trip to the hospital bother them. “I think coach (Bill) Belichick does a great job of really just, like, brainwashing … 0

KC, Pats alive thanks to interchangeable parts

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The offensive line of the Kansas City Chiefs looks a lot like a grade-school game of musical chairs, only with 300-pound behemoths jumping around from spot to spot. Take second-year pro Zach Fulton. He’s … 0

Scuffling Patriots await hot Chiefs

Monday, January 11, 2016

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots are about to find out if momentum means anything in an NFL season. The defending Super Bowl champions have lost four of their past six games as they head into Saturday’s playoff … 0